Dandelion Lights

Martin Kot

The effect of the sculpture is particularly enhanced, especially after sunset when the light changes to dusk, and then night. The mesmerizing lighting effects add to the overall impression for viewing audiences. From day one, it has been a resounding success with thousands of people taking photographs and admiring the intricacy of the design and perfect execution.

Dandelions’ sculpture aims to capture the delicate nature of florals, by utilising a ‘heavy material’ – metal. The structure of this sculpture gives the impression of inner reflections in lenses made of approx. 10,000 arch rods during the day. At night, the lighting effect is one of a main metal-halogen reflector in the base of the sculpture, and two led reflectors for colour effects. The large scale transformation of the delicate plant, quite minute and tiny in reality, produced on a macro-scale enhances the spectator’s experience and portrays the true magnificence of nature.

The viewer is awed by the subtlety of this shape, achieved by enhancing the scale of the object. The artwork’s aim is to illustrate that there is unacknowledged beauty in frequently forgotten forms, done so by enhancing their scale. Dandelions, of the genus Taraxacum, have helicopter-like ways of dispersing their seeds, in science referred to as ‘biomimicry’. The artist strived to capture
this ingenious, transformative solution of natural propagation into the metal construction used to build the sculpture.